Little Known Facts About Native American History

Many English Words Come From Native Americans

Around the time of Columbus, it’s estimated that there were more than 2,000 Native American languages used by various tribes in the Americas. Many words from these languages entered English during that time, especially animal names like caribou, chipmunk, coyote, moose, muskrat, opossum, raccoon, skunk, and woodchuck.

Other words that were taken from them include: bayou, barbecue, cannibal, chili, chocolate, guacamole, mesquite, poncho, potato, shack, and tomato. Interesting fact, the word “avocado” is Nahuatl(a Central Mexican/Aztec Indian language) for “testicle.”
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